Vail Recreation District
The Vail Recreation District cooordinates community recreation events and facilities in eastern Eagle County, covering Vail and Avon. The VRD also cooordinates much of the youth and adult soccer for the entire Eagle River Valley, stretching from Vail to Dotsero, about 40 miles.
The Vail Recreation District charges fees to cover most of their programming, but those fees are negligible when compared to the cost of running most of the programs.
They offer grants and scholarships for all of their youth programs and free programming to their adult volunteers.
The VRD operates Dobson Arena, the Vail Nature Center and the Vail golf club.
Dobson Arena a year-round ice skating and hockey facility that also serves the Vail Valley as a municipal auditorium for concerts, trade shows and all kinds of other events. It’s named for one of Vail’s pioneers and early mayors, John Dobson.
Open year-round, the arena is so popular that during winter months a second sheet of ice has to be opened at the Vail Golf Club. Same great staff with more time for new activities.
The Vail Nature Center is known for its highly trained staff, able to inform visitors on nature hikes, beaver pond tours and art or photography classes. The Vail Nature Center becomes the Vail Nordic Center during winter months, offering snowshoe and cross-country ski tours at the Vail Golf Course.
The Vail golf club is one of the nation’s finest municipal courses and was one of the first high altitude courses in the world. For almost 40 years, the Vail golf club has been offering guests the chance to play golf at over 8,200 feet in elevation in one of the world’s most prestigious resorts.
Since the early 1960s, the vail golf club has been hosting some of the world’s best golfers in what has long been considered the country’s winter skiing paradise.